In their most previous clash in the 2019 Asian Cup group stage, Jordan stitched up Arnold’s men 1-0 in the United Arab Emirates.
But the Australia manager refuses to linger on that memory before they face Jordan at King Abdullah International Stadium in Amman on Thursday (Friday 3am AEDT).
“No, totally different tournament, different time, different players, we’ve got different players we didn’t have then, we had injuries,” Arnold said.
“They’re all lessons you learn in life, the past.
“So we can look at the past and say ‘OK, we’ve learnt lessons, now it’s about the future’.”
He also stressed that revenge isn’t a factor and the match isn’t about proving anything.
“The past in the past, it’s history,” Arnold said.
“We don’t even look at the past we just look at what’s now and what’s in front of us.”
Lying in wait are a Jordanian side, who under coach Vital Borkelmans play with a robust defence and lightning raids.
The former Belgium international defender hopes Jordan go hunting against the Socceroos.
“We must attack. When you play against big teams like Australia and they have the ball in the box, they will score. They have this,” Borkelmans told SBS earlier this week.
“But when you make it difficult for them, also you have chances when you will score.
“I tell my players we must play high, we must pressure, we must play on the other side always.”
Australia winger Martin Boyle expects a lot of patience will be needed to break down the hosts.
“You see the best teams in the world be patient on the ball, you move the ball side-to-side and the gaps will appear, and that’s what we have to do,” he said.
Striker Adam Taggart said if they can’t pierce Jordan’s backline, the Socceroos can always attack from the air.
“Set pieces are always going to be important for Australia because we’ve got a lot of big players and we’ve got players who can deliver the ball really well,” he said.
“Being a big country in Asia, size-wise, it’s important we capitalise on that.”
Arnold wants the Socceroos to press high up the pitch, an energetic style they have been been developing since he took charge.
“I expect a great performance, I do believe we’ve grown in the time I’ve been in the job,” he said.
“We’ve created a lot of depth and a different way of playing and I expect a great game on Thursday night.”
When: November 14, 6pm kickoff (November 15, 3amAEDT)
Where: King Abdullah International Stadium, Amman
Coach: Graham Arnold
Coach: Vital Borkelmans
HEAD TO HEAD:
Australia 2, Jordan 3, drawn 0